Mark B. Cooper
President & Founder
Mark B. Cooper, president and founder of PKI Solutions, has been known as “The PKI Guy” since his early days at Microsoft. Mark has deep knowledge and experience in all things Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS), PKI design and implementation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile security, and encryption. PKI Solutions provides consulting, training, professional services, and assessments to help ensure the security of organizations now and in the future.
At PKI Solutions, Cooper and his team have implemented PKI solutions at enterprises, many of them Fortune 500 companies, in industries including energy, IoT, technology, healthcare, and financial services, as well as federal, state, and local government. Cooper has also led hundreds of PKI trainings, including private trainings, across the country and around the world—from Scotland to Buffalo, from Sweden to Washington, D.C.—and everywhere in between. He is also the primary instructor for our online PKI training courses. Cooper is also an avid proponent of the SHAKEN/STIR global standard to end robocalls, that uses authentication and PKI to verify callers’ identities.
Prior to founding PKI Solutions in 2014, Cooper was a senior engineer at Microsoft, where he designed, implemented, and supported ADCS environments for Microsoft’s largest customers and became the leading subject matter expert for ADCS and identity management. Cooper developed and managed the Microsoft PKI Health Check to analyze and report on the design and management of PKI components and created Microsoft’s first consolidated set of PKI best practices. He authored several Microsoft whitepapers, including the specifications and deployment of ADCS on Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters.
Cooper has been working with Microsoft technologies since 1992 when he achieved his first MCP certification with Microsoft exam #001. He has subsequently earned the MCSE accreditation for every Microsoft operating system since Windows NT 3.51, and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Security MVP, and Charter Microsoft Certified Master—Directory Services (MCM). In fact, for those with Microsoft MCM-Directory accreditation, Cooper developed and most likely delivered the PKI portion of the training.
Jacob Grandlienard brings more than 19 years of industry experience as a senior level engineer. He has spent the past 10 years designing, leading, and training clients in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) implementations for medium to enterprise-scale Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in PKI
implementations of Microsoft-based identity solutions, including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) as well as integration with other security and identity management technologies. Jacob is a subject matter expert in PKI, mobile device management software, smart card management software, and Hardware Security Module (HSM) integration.
Jacob has extensive experience with Forefront Identity Manager, Office 365 migration, Active Directory Federation Services, Windows Server—and has implemented and migrated these solutions across enterprises. Prior to joining PKI Solutions, Jacob led and managed security consulting engineering projects for several organizations and sectors including healthcare, chemical, education, financial, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, insurance, and military organizations
PKI Consultant (Americas Region)
PKI Consultant (EMEA Region)
Vadims Podāns is a PKI Consultant for the EMEA region at PKI Solutions. In addition, he is focused on tool development – working on PKI Solutions’ PKI toolset including the ADCS Best Practice Review tools and PowerShell PKI Module – and online community engagement, including technical forums.
Podāns’ background is in IT, with vast expertise in public key infrastructure (PKI), cryptography, PowerShell, Active Directory, basic networking, C#, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET. He designed and developed the PowerShell PKI Module, ASN.1 Decoder, and the SSL Certificate Verifier. Podans is a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Microsoft Certified Professional.
He has authored several technical articles and whitepapers, including Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2019, PowerShell Deep Dive, Software Restriction Policies. Additionally, he has presented topics on PKI, ADCS, and PowerShell, including ADCS SHA1-SHA2 Migration; ADCS Web Services; Windows PKI implementation best practices; Windows PKI implementation best practices; and Windows Server 2008 R2 backup with PowerShell. Podāns has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2009 for Cloud and Datacenter Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Latvia.
Peter DiToro is a strategic advisor and a member of the Board of Advisors for PKI Solutions, where he focuses on business and product strategy and customer acquisition development. His expertise is in public key infrastructure (PKI), customer acquisition, custom development, project management and control, ongoing delivery and customer satisfaction.
Previously, DiToro was vice president advanced solutions worldwide at Thales eSecurity. At Thales, DiToro was responsible for post-sales services, including customer support for the Americas and the Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) globally. ASG developed custom cryptographic applications, performed security reviews, training, PKI consultancy, and nCipher product line specials. Prior to the acquisition of nCipher by Thales in 2008, DiToro founded and built out the nCipher professional services business unit, as nCipher vice president North American sales.
Prior to nCipher DiToro was a member of the founding team and vice president sales and business development at Digital Delivery Inc., a data security startup that resulted in the sale of the company to nCipher. DiToro holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Whitepaper: Securing and Hardening Network Device Enrollment Service for Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager
Whitepaper: Upgrading and Improving the Trust of Microsoft Windows Certificate Authorities
Whitepaper: Securing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) - Contributor/Tech Reviewer
Whitepaper: Server 2008 Failover Clustering for Certificate Services
Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Companion
MCSE Windows 98 Study Guide
MCSE Ace It! – NT Workstation 4.0
MCSE Ace It! – NT Server 4.0
MCSE Ace It! – NT Server 4.0 In The Enterprise
Conference Speaking History
Def Con 27, Las Vegas Nevada - August 2019
ISACA CACS, Anaheim California - May 2019
FutureX and VirtuCrypt Partner Summit, San Antonio Texas - April 2019
BSides PDX, Portland Oregon - October 2018
RSA, San Francisco - April 2015
TechMentor, Orlando Florida – November 2014
Microsoft TechEd Europe, Barcelona Spain – October 2014
Thales eSecurity EMEA Channel Partners, Marrakesh Morocco – October 2014
Thales eSecurity HSM User Group, Chicago Illinois – October 2014
ISACA Willamette Valley Chapter, Portland Oregon – June 2014
Microsoft TechReady (Internal TechEd event) – 2004 – 2013
Enterprise Networking Association – Annual Conferences 1996 – 2000